Scripture For Today:
“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
Using Your Prayers Like A Sniper Uses a Bullet pt 4
We have been talking these past few days about “Using your prayers like a sniper uses a bullet.”
Yesterday, I left off with a quote from Ephesians 6:10-17. Let’s read it again…
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
There are some things involved in this scripture that relate to the title of these past few messages. Remember, our topic is “Using Your Prayers Like a Sniper Uses a Bullet.”
A sniper does not just send rounds down range in a haphazard manner. He does not just point and pull. He deliberately, methodically, takes aim. Adjust for windage. Adjusts for elevation changes. All of these things affect a bullets flight path from the end of the rifle until impact.
Think about this… A human target at 500 meters. You can be 1/8th of an inch off on your aim. By the time the bullet travels to the target, your almost two feet off target.
Someone who is not trained or equipped to fire and engage targets at that distance will miss 99% of the time. That is why they just pump as much lead down range as they can. And they will usually miss.
But one sniper. Trained. Equipped. Knowledgeable. Will take aim with one round. Fire. And Destroy the target 500 meters away. Sometimes farther.
He makes EVERY SHOT COUNT.
Now, let’s relate that to Ephesians 6. Notice that each piece of equipment is designed for a purpose. This scripture used a Roman soldier as the example of how EVERY CHRISTIAN is equipped by God for battle with the devil. EVERY CHRISTIAN.
We will start with the head… the helmet of salvation. That is your security – you’re born again.
You have your “loins girt about with the Truth.” God’s Word is the Truth! That’s what I’ve been sharing with you. The devil may tell you some “facts.” But facts do not equate TRUTH. Think about the “flat earth” beliefs. People would spue out FACTS. But when satellites started to photograph earth from space – the TRUTH came out. Amen! That’s why I tell you to use God’s Word – QUOTE IT – when you engage the devil.
Next is your breastplate. It protects your vital organs. Your breastplate is RIGHTEOUSNESS with God. Nothing can get near you because you belong to God. You have right standing with Him. Amen!
Next is your feet. Soldiers traveled on their feet. They needed to take care of their feet. Soldiers today do the same thing. I know. I lived that life for 12 years. Amen! You need to have your feet shod with the Gospel of Peace. That needs to take you wherever your commander – JESUS – tells you to go. Amen!
Above all – take your shield of FAITH. Faith in your weapons. Faith in knowing God will protect you. The shield protects you from, how many arrows does this scripture say? ALL the fiery darts that devil will fire at you. YOU ARE PROTECTED FROM ALL OF IT – simply by your Faith. Faith in God. Faith in God’s Word. Amen!
Then, you go on the offensive. That is your SWORD. Your Sword of the Spirit. That’s the Word